Additive Manufacturing – moving beyond geometry for the printing of functional, multi-material product

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:00 - 12:30

Though capable of tremendous geometrical design freedoms, conventional Additive Manufacturing (AM) is mainly restricted to “passive”, structural components. This presentation will overview the emerging area of “multifunctional” AM, where multiple materials are co-deposited to enable the move “beyond geometry”, thereby enabling the printing of complex, functionalized, “active” printed devices. The talk will detail the ongoing work within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham where significant research efforts into next-generation, multifunctional AM is being undertaken. Principally funded by EPSRC and working with key industry, this research is exploiting novel techniques for the co-deposition of both structural and functional materials for electronic, pharmaceutical and biological structures and devices over varying length scales.

Prof Richard Hague, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Director, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham / Added Scientific Ltd